Promoting gender equality is a priority under the Malawi Tea 2020 programme. TAML and tea producers have been addressing issues of sexual harassment and discrimination by increasing employee’s awareness and understanding of their rights.

Key Achievements

  • 1st

    Gender Equality, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination sector's policy

  • 291

    Committees established

    144 Women’s Welfare Committees and 147 Gender Committees & introducing reporting mechanisms at the estates.

  • Setting minimum requirements through housing policy

    with each estate outlining timelines to ensure that all housing provided is of a prescribed standard

  • 435

    Managers trained in workplace discipline

    Improving people management across estates through standardization of job descriptions, job grading and employment contracts.

  • 40,175

    Workers introduced to fortified lunches

    & provision of vegetables at least once a week on all tea estates

  • Monitoring progress

    Developing an M&E framework for TAML to monitor progress at the estates in a structured way

Timeline of Activities

  • 2016

    Analysis of housing at tea estates was completed and minimum requirements for housing were set through housing policy

  • 2016-2017

    Fortified lunches are made available to the majority of tea workers, as well as weekly vegetable provision for all workers

  • 2017

    First ever sector-wide policy was launched to address issues around gender and sexual harassment at tea estates & Standardization of job descriptions, grading and employment contracts across all tea estates in the sector

  • 2018

    Gender policy is translated and rolled out to all tea estates

  • 2019 - 2020

    A gender coordinator is hired to advance gender awareness and roll out activities at TAML and the tea estates

  • 2020

    COVID-19 emergency response is coordinated between TAML, Oxfam, IDH, PAWU and RA

Stories from the field

  • Promoting gender equality

    TAML introduces Malawi tea’s first sector-wide gender policy and training, helping build a motivated workforce with better opportunities for women In 2015, when the Tea Association of Malawi (TAML)…

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    Promoting gender equality
  • Vegetables and fortified maize redefine power lunches

    Improved nutrition of tea workers leads to better health and productivity for a more motivated workforce Many tea workers in Malawi, especially tea pluckers, come from poverty-stricken homes. This makes…

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    Vegetables and fortified maize redefine power lunches


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